Araucaria heterophylla – norfolk Island pine



Araucaria heterophylla, commonly known as the Norfolk Island pine, is a distinctive evergreen tree native to Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. Despite its name, it’s not a true pine but belongs to the Araucariaceae family, which includes other notable trees like the Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana).

The Norfolk Island pine is known for its symmetrical, conical shape and its needle-like leaves arranged in spirals around its branches. It can grow to impressive heights, reaching up to 200 feet (60 meters) in its native habitat, although it’s often smaller in cultivation.

This tree has been widely cultivated as an ornamental plant due to its attractive appearance and adaptability to different climates. It’s often used as a decorative indoor plant, especially during the holiday season, and as a landscape tree in gardens and parks.

In addition to its ornamental value, the Norfolk Island pine also holds cultural significance. It’s sometimes used as a living Christmas tree, especially in regions where traditional evergreen species are not native. Its association with the holiday season has made it a popular choice for festive decorations.

Despite its popularity, the Norfolk Island pine requires specific care to thrive, including well-draining soil, regular watering, and moderate sunlight. When grown indoors, it’s essential to provide adequate space for its roots to prevent root binding and ensure healthy growth.

Overall, Araucaria heterophylla is a striking and adaptable tree that adds a touch of greenery and elegance to indoor and outdoor spaces alike.

raucaria heterophylla is a species of conifer. As its vernacular name Norfolk Island pine implies, the tree is endemic to Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia located in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia.

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Plant Height:

2.5 M


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